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More home burglaries reported in Atherton; suspect in school break-in, theft arrested

by Angela Swartz

Burglars hit two more Atherton houses since mid-month, the latest in a rash of burglaries in town, according to the Atherton Police Department.

Police responded to a burglary on Sunday, Feb. 18, around 7:10 p.m. in the 300 block of Fletcher Drive, according to a police department press release. When officers arrived, they found a broken window at the back of the residence.

An Atherton resident reported a burglary to police that took place between Feb. 11 and 14 on Snowden Avenue. Someone stole jewelry and a medical bag from the home. Investigators couldn't determine how the burglar entered the house, and there is no estimate on losses.

There is also no estimate on losses from the other burglary, Atherton police Sgt. Anthony Kockler said in an email.

Police have characterized the recent spike in residential burglaries over the last several months as a "rash." There have been seven home burglaries in town so far this year, and about $2 million worth of goods reported stolen in the first four of those incidents, police said.

On Feb. 14, police arrested a man, Valdemar Gabriel DaRocha, suspected in the burglary of $14,000 worth of electronics from Encinal Elementary School during the first weekend of December.

DaRocha is in San Mateo County jail and faces burglary and possession of stolen property charges, police said. They do not believe DaRocha was involved in the residential burglary spree.

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